Simon began his carer studying Marine Engineering stemming from his love of sailing. After Simon’s parents established Ridgeview, spotting Southern England as excellent potential for sparkling wine production in 1995 Simon took a keen interest. Originally Simon Specialized in viticulture, moving on to also study winemaking at Plumpton College. With a naturally skilled palate identified, Simon took a keen interest in winemaking and went to complete a vintage in Australia. Originally Simon shared the Winemaking with his father Mike Roberts. Since his Dad’s in passing in 2014 Simon has headed up the Winemaking team, now producing over a quarter of a million bottles annually. Simon is a natural winemaker and prefers to let the grapes speak for themselves with quality overriding all decisions. In 2018 Ridgeview received the ultimate accolade by being named global ‘International Winemaker of the Year’ in the prestigious International Wine & Spirit Competition.